History and Philosophy of Science at the University of British Columbia
I. Scientific Inquiry: An introduction to problems and issues II. Plato & Aristotle: Science and society from Antiquity to the Renaissance III. The Scientific Revolution: Galileo, Newton and the Enlightenment Project IV. The Romantic Revolution and the Sciences of Life V. Science and Society in the Modern World
Born in New York City in 1942, Dr. Straker became a landed immigrant in 1972. Before teaching at UBC, Straker obtained his Ph.D. degree in history of science from Indiana University in 1971: his thesis was entitled “Kepler’s Optics: A Study in the Development of 17th-Century Natural Philosophy”. As a professor in the UBC History Department, Straker was regarded as an interdisciplinary, collectively weaving together strands of history, philosophy, and science. He was a founding member of the Arts One program and the Science and Society Group at UBC, and in 2002, Dr. Straker was a recipient of the Killam Teaching Prize. Straker died suddenly in his 62nd year on July 24, 2004.